Headline RoundupSeptember 13th, 2020

Trump Officials Push to Review, Edit CDC Coronavirus Reports

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Communications aides at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have requested to review and edit the coronavirus-related reports released weekly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Politico reported Saturday. Some emails from communications aides to CDC senior officials said that the agency’s reports could undermine President Donald Trump's messages about the outbreak, according to emails reviewed by Politico. Joe Biden’s campaign responded to the report with a press release on Saturday condemning the HHS’ involvement in the CDC and framing it as “the latest example of Trump’s refusal to be honest about this pandemic.” Coverage from all sides of the political spectrum tended to focus on the details of the reports. Some right-rated outlets tended to frame the story as Trump aides reviewing the reports "to better align with president's upbeat messaging."

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